Greenfly is an easy to use, yet powerful online tool for designers to integrate environmental considerations into their products using eco-design strategies and streamlined LCA data.
Sustainability Victoria Sustainability Fund (2006)
Greenfly was developed by the Sustainable Products and Packaging group to assist designers to produce environmentally preferable products, and to make informed design decisions to integrate sustainability into products. Greenfly allows the user to instantly see the potential environmental impacts of a design, and communicate environmental and budget considerations to clients. Greenfly was designed for anyone involved in the development of products, from designers, engineers, manufactures, management and marketing. Users simply enter information on the design concept including materials, manufacturing processes, transport assumptions, operational use and end of life options. As the product is built, Greenfly instantly calculates the environmental impacts of each life cycle phase. Graphs update in real-time to show Global Warming, Water Use, Energy and Solid Waste impact of each design decision made. Useful design considerations are also provided along the way to help further reduce the environmental impact of a product. As the product is built, Greenfly generates customised reports to help communicate the environmental sustainability considerations of a design - an invaluable output for in-house design studio use or an additional service/report available for clients.
Greenfly originated from a paper-based checklist called the Rapid Assessment Tool (RAT) which developed in 2005 as part of the HeadStart course run by the Centre for Design at RMIT in conjunction with Product Ecology, the Design Institute of Australia and Eco-Recycle Victoria (now known as Sustainability Victoria). In 2006 funding was made available through the Victorian Sustainability Fund to update the tool and translate it into an on-line tool known as Greenfly.